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Not disabled, just different

作者:卢蚴刳    发布时间:2019-03-08 01:15:10    

By Philip Cohen SOME deaf parents would use genetic testing to ensure that their child is also deaf. A small minority of deaf people would even consider aborting a hearing child. Although most of society views deafness as a disability, some deaf people take the view that they belong to a different, equally valid culture. To gauge attitudes among deaf people, Anna Middleton, a genetic counsellor at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, surveyed delegates at the Deaf Nation conference at the University of Central Lancashire in 1997. This group argues that deaf people have a distinct cultural and political identity. Many delegates declined to participate in the study. Of the 87 people who took part, just over half believed genetic testing would do more harm than good. In a similar survey of the general population, just 21 per cent shared this negative view. Sixteen per cent of the deaf people who responded said that they might use prenatal genetic testing. But one-third of this group—five people—said they would prefer to have deaf children (The American Journal of Human Genetics, vol 63, p 1175). Middleton admits that there may have been a bias in the sample of conference delegates, so she is now analysing a further survey of 600 deaf people recruited in a variety of other ways. But she is still finding a small proportion who say they might abort a hearing child. The issue is not restricted to the deaf, says Clair Francomano,

 

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